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West Orange Board Member Heavily Criticized

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Numerous West Orange residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s meeting on May 8 after his extremely controversial vote on gender identity in a previous meeting.

“Schwarzbaum is expressing opinions that belong to the dark ages”, says resident who attended the meeting “it was a mistake to allow [...]

President Trump on a Nine-Day Foreign Trip

Washington, D.C. - President Trump has left for a nine-day, five-city foreign excursion, his first trip outside the United States as the country’s leader and top diplomat. “Mr. Trump’s first trip should not be that difficult since he is meeting largely with allies at a time of relative peace and prosperity.” said James Steinberg, a diplomat for former President Barack Obama in an interview to Fox News. “A trip like this is an easy trip,” he said. “There’s no crisis. It’s a relationship-building trip. It’s hard for it not to be a success unless something goes wrong.”

Newark The Nutcracker Concert

NEWARK, NJ – The famous Nutcracker concert by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be held at the NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center Street in Newark next weekend.
Tickets are sold at 888-466-5722

JFK’s Centennial

NEWARK, NJ – The Society for Presidential History will mark President Kennedy’s centennial next month with various events commemorating the assassinated leader. President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917. The Society will hold its first event on Sunday, May 28 in Prudential Center. The events [...]

Essex County’s 15th Annual Open House

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County will run its annual open house on Saturday, June 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex. The public is welcome to enjoy Games and family friendly activities. County personnel will provide information about Essex County Programs & Services. Fun activities for the whole family include treetop adventure, pony rides and paddle boating. Families are also welcome to visit the natural habitat exhibits featuring lions, hyenas, giraffes, sea lions, sharks, jaguars, komodo dragon, gibbons apes, black bears, penguins, alligators, eagles, cougars, giant anteaters and the reptile house.

Large Participation in Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than 1700 residents participated in Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day earlier this month, an increase of more than 15% compared to last year.

"The Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is for Essex County residents only," says Essex County Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., "We are very happy with the turnout. We advertised the event and people showed up with their waste." [...]

Fishing Derby 2017

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County will host the Fishing Derby 2017 on the following dates:

Saturday, April 22 – Branch Brook Park, Newark

Thursday, May 11 – Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells

Saturday, May 13 – Irvington Park, Irvington [...]

Bloomfield Councilman Pleads Guilty

NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield’s Councilman, Elias Chalet, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of bribery. Four other charges, including official misconduct, were dropped. Chalet is expected to be sentenced to five years in prison with two years of parole ineligibility. He appeared in Newark Superior Court before Judge Martin Cronin […]

Glen Ridge Agrees to Affordable Housing Project

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A special Council Meeting was held last week in Glen Ridge’s municipal building to explain to the Borough Council and the general public the agreement reached with the developer of a proposed apartment building on Baldwin Street.

Elizabeth McKenzie, a court-appointed Special Master, presented to members of the Council and dozens of audience members the [...]

No New Charter School in Bloomfield?

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Township Council officially voted against a proposal to establish a charter school at 683 Bloomfield Avenue. The vote was held during a regular meeting of the Council last Monday. Currently, the proposed location for the school is used by the Sacred Heart Academy […]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are working on a new healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, Essex County residents are welcoming the expected changes. In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 55% of respondents said that they were in favor of the House of Representatives’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs [...]

Health Care Replacement Bill Approved in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives approved on Thursday a health care bill aimed at fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote. [...]

No Contract for West Orange Teachers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite previous publications, The West Orange Board of Education and the West Orange Education Association have not yet reached an agreement regarding teachers’ salaries.

Both sides are still negotiating the issues and a final contract is still yet to be presented. Although Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Rutzky, did say in a press statement that the savings factored into the pending school budget will not be removed, it is not clear whether there will [...]

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Keep or Toss

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Better Finance Organization is hosting a free community spring cleaning event. “Keep or Toss” with financial expert John Lambert. The event will be held next Friday at 6:00 P.M. in the main auditorium at Montclair State University.

Mr. Lambert will discuss which financial documents you should keep and which ones you can toss, and when.

Free to the public.

David Urbach, a Holocaust Survivor, dies at 89

WEST ORANGE, NJ - David Urbach, a Holocaust survivor and a human rights activist, died yesterday in West Orange after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

Urbach was born in Germany in 1928. He was 5 years old when the Nazis came to power in early 1933. After Hitler took over [...]

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‘Men Who Cook’ Fundraiser

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Heritage Organization is hosting a “Men Who Cook” scholarship fundraiser on Sunday, June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church’s Beatrice Kruglinski Parish Center, 44 Benvenue Ave. in West Orange.

For more information, contact 973-671-1158

Spring Exhibition at West Orange JCC

WEST ORANGE, NJ — the JCC MetroWest will present an exhibit of pastels and sculpture by Gaelen Juried Art Show award winners Jeri Greenberg and Susan Lando in the Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. […]

Green Criticized

EAST ORANGE, NJ – City Council Chairman and 3rd Ward Councilman Ted Green is heavily criticized for attending an anti-Trump rally in Newark last week. The East Orange mayoral candidate participated in East Orange 5th Ward Councilman Mustafa Brent’s “One United” event, which turned into a nasty demonstration against the President of the United States. [...]

Thompson Calls for a Change

EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange mayoral candidate, John Thompson Jr., is attacking city officials in an open letter he wrote to the community. In the letter, Thompson discusses the outrageous salaries town officials have been taking in recent years, while increasing taxes on residents, or as he puts it “taxpayers are footing the bill to keep the government salaries afloat.” Thompson also [...]

West Orange Turtle Back Zoo Gets Accredited

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Turtle Back Zoo received accreditation from the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) early this month. The accreditation is valid through 2022.

This is the first time the zoo is accredited by the ZAA. It was previously accredited by the Association of Zoos and […]

Celiac Disease Support Group

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Celiac disease is a genetic disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. The disease affects 1% of people worldwide. However, more than two and a half Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. This leads to damage on the villi, small [...]

Division in Glen Ridge over Petition

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A petition signed by over 500 Glen Ridge residents has sparked debate in the Essex County town. The petition calls for a declaration of Glen Ridge a “sanctuary city” for immigrants. The Essex Times found that the borough council is preparing a resolution to provide some protection for undocumented […]

Three file for East Orange Democratic Mayoral Primary

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Three candidates had formally filed for the Democratic Party primary for mayor of East Orange: City Council Chairman and 3rd Ward Councilman Ted Green, John Thompson Jr. and Kenwyn S. Williams. Each had to present a petition with 50 signatures. The Primary is expected to be held on June 6. […]

A New Jitney Route in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ —The township of West Orange will get its much anticipated sixth jitney route in the next couple of months. The route will cover both the Redwood and Pleasantdale sections of the township. No specific stops have been decided yet, but Mayor Robert Parisi is assuring residents in an interview that the township is committed to focusing on the Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle [...]

No Immigrant Day Care in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Following an emotional and at times heated public hearing, the West Orange Zoning Board decided to deny an application of a South American immigrant to open a day care center in her home. The Board cited several zoning difficulties in approving this kind of application, despite it being “inherently beneficial”, as the applicant’s planner, Peter Steck, tried to describe it in his [...]

“Warren Needs to Go”: Calls for Orange Mayor Resignation

ORANGE, NJ — Demonstrators in Orange were calling for the resignation of Mayor Dwayne Warren yesterday. A large demonstration, organized by a group named “The Honest Way”, was calling for the Orange Mayor to step down following an FBI raid of the Orange municipal building in January and a shutdown of city [...]

Holocaust Survivors Observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A group of Holocaust survivors from Romania and their families observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday. The group continues the rituals and traditions formed while being in a concentration camp during World War [...]

No Disruption to PATH Schedule during Maintenance

NEWARK, NJ - The Port Authority will continue running PATH services to 33rd Street during maintenance period next month. Port Authority officials said that the repairs were necessary, but no [...]

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